The hand is a commonly injured part of the body because of its involvement in most activities of daily living. It is important to undergo accurate and early diagnosis of hand and wrist injuries to obtain optimal recovery. Minor hand injuries or wrist injuries if not treated appropriately can become chronic problems, affecting work and lifestyle. Please contact Guildford Physiotherapy if you are unsure about your hand injury and would like good advice and caring treatment.
Everyone has had a wrist injury or hand injury at some stage in their life. These are commonly caused by:
- Overuse type injuries from work
- Sporting or recreational activities
Wrist injuries or hand injuries such as wrist sprains are commonly seen by our physiotherapists and these are caused by a fall and trying to stop the fall with your hand. Commonly the wrist is bent backwards and symptoms will appear such as swelling, bruising, loss of range of motion and loss of wrist strength.
For this type of injury the physiotherapist will accurately diagnose the wrist injury and then work out a treatment plan accordingly. Usually RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) principles are the first part of the treatment, followed by other hand physiotherapy techniques. Some of these hand physio treatment techniques for the wrist injury include immobilization, exercise, stretching, splinting and strengthening exercises.
Most injuries can be separated into acute wrist injury or hand injuries and chronic wrist injury or hand injuries.
Acute wrist / hand injuries include:
- Torn ligaments such as skiers thumb
- Sprains – injuries to joints
- Strains – injuries to muscles
Chronic wrist / hand injuries include:
- De Quervains disease
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
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